Cree raise concern over Endangered Woodland Caribou and lack of a Recovery Plan

Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) – It has been four years since the MNRW placed Woodland Caribou on Quebec’s Threatened or Vulnerable Species List and there is still no Recovery Plan in place. Without a Recovery Plan, no steps can be taken to protect the Woodland Caribou or their habitat. Reflecting on this situation, Bill Namagoose, Executive Director of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) commented: “What is the point in designating Woodland Caribou as a vulnerable Species if you then grant logging companies open access to the last remaining pockets of habitat? We cannot help but think that the MNRW is dragging its feet on the Caribou Recovery Plan in order to allow the forestry companies to build hundreds of kilometers roads in critical Caribou habitat before any protection can be granted.”

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